Package It , Sell It , And Someone Is Bound To Buy It ………
By tophatal …….
So as a precursor to the NFL’s big postseason ——- extravaganza (Superbowl 46 [SBXLVI])…. the NFL Pro Bowl that pitted the AFC against the NFC in a game that now simply defies all logic ! . The idiocy of the event has become meaningless and nonsensical for the fact that the players involved simply are not participating in an event that is meant to be remotely competitive . Essentially it becomes a game merely for the fans to see some of their heroes and not much beyond that ! At what point will the NFL actually realize that the fans really want to see a match-up that actually is something of substance rather than a damn circus ! Clearly Goodell and the owners simply see the Pro Bowl as another money making exercise that benefits the league and not much else . I seriously doubt that the economic impact for the state of Hawaii and in particular for the island of Honolulu is all that great to be begin with !
Slide show for your perusal .
Anyone who witnessed the mess on display in Honolulu , Hawaii, in thinking that this was something of merit . Then they really need to take a look at the facade that is in place and being sold by Commissioner Roger Goodell as he seeks global dominance and a presence for the NFL brand. In CBS’ news magazine program “60 Minutes” host Steve Kroft gave us a behind the scenes look at the NFL commissioner who as the league’s highest ranking executive oversees a $10 billion a year industry at the behest of the league’s 32 owners . Franchisees such as Steve Biscotti and Robert Kraft simply lauded Goodell and his efforts since assuming control as the commissioner from his predecessor Paul Tagliabue in 2007.
The commissioner who recently signed a seven year contract extension that expires in 2019 , will now oversee the league under his authoritarian and autocratic rule . Goodell is generously compensated to the tune of $10 million a year and given that the league hierarchy during their league mandated lockout were in essence trying to abate the demands of the NFLPA (union) , specifically that of the union’s Executive Committee led by DeMaurice Smith , executive director of the NFLPA. I find it somewhat asinine that Goodell saw fit to avoid the questions concerning the NFL profiting from the largesse of the municipalities where there are franchises domiciled with the very fact that so many of the NFL teams in terms of the stadiums where they play are in fact government-funded .
Personally when it comes to such issues where you have billionaire franchise owners who parade their teams as being community based and a major contributor to the economies of the cities may well great for those communities in large part . But herein lies my question to this all , when is it appropriate for these owners to believe that is in the residents’ best interests to be funding multi-billion dollar venues that in large in terms of their tax burden but at the same these very owners will seek to blackmail city official in order to get their own way. Steve Kroft for his part , simply didn’t delve deep enough into this sole issue instead as host the conversation was about the NFL market place and the very fact that now appears to labor peace with the league having set aside $1 billion to aid in the health issues of retired veterans and the research into blunt force head trauma and concussions. Something that in spite of years of evidence the league sought to ignore until it became a ‘ tour-de-force’ in the public eye in terms of a nationwide debate and there being multiple such injuries being suffered by noted players in the NFL.
At the end of the day though in part informative , it was in essence a “powder puff” piece that sought to show a softer but also sterner side to the NFL commissioner . Granted, the only owners on hand during the segue were two of Goodell’s biggest supporters , who were if anything his greatest benefactors in throwing their lot behind the executive when he sought to succeed Paul Tagliabue . <a href=”http://www.baltimoreravens.com/team/People/Staff/Executive/Steve_Bisciotti.aspx”> Steve Bisciotti and Robert Kraft , given their league wide influence also just happen to be two of the wealthiest , though not the wealthiest owners in the NFL ___ the duo have a combined net worth that exceeds $4.5 billion . As owners of the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots respectively both of these men have seen the values of their franchises increase exponentially over the last . Even more so these values have increased higher than the rate of inflation . And that is in spite of a downturn in th economy that began during the turmoil of 2008 and which shows no apparent signs of abating .
Overall this somewhat trite expose` on the commissioner didn’t as such raise the profile of the man but simply gave us insight of what he views as such , is needed to make the NFL sporting behemoth that it has become . Something of which I for one believe that the hierarchies of MLB , NBA and NHL whose commissioner Gary Bettman has shown a propensity to shoot himself in the foot more often than not , thereby hurting the image of the league he presides over .
In large part, the NFL has been lucky enough this season where there have chapters to it all , that has brought a great deal of drama with some yet unfinished business to be dealt with . What else could the commissioner and the league hierarchy ask for than a a reprise of Superbowl 42 (SBXLII) which will once again has the New England Patriots facing off against the New York Giants this Sunday in Superbowl 46 (SBXLVI) . With a national television audience set to exceed 150 million viewers and 1.3 billion across the globe this event has the makings of the sort of extravaganza that not even a renowned Hollywood script writer could have dreamed up .
Picture gallery for your perusal .
There’s no denying that the NFL brand has become a financial behemoth that nets the league untold profits , albeit that as a private concern rather than a public corporation we are not privy to their actual finances and the profits garnered . But herein lies this whole facade rarely does an NFL franchise make the capital outlay for any of the venues in which their games are actually hosted . Do you as such feel that is to the detriment or the benefit of the cities in which the NFL teams are based ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts on this and any else you believe to be pertinent to the subject matter .
Picture and slide show details .
(1) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is seen here alongside 60 Minutes’ presenter Steve Kroft along the sidelines at M&T Stadium in Baltimore Maryland prior to Baltimore Ravens game against the Houston Texans . . Courtesy of CBS News ………
(2) Goodell is seen here with Steve Kroft at the NFL headquarters in New York simply having a some fun during the interview. Courtesy pf CBS News ….
(3) Steve Bisciotti , the multi-billionaire owner of the Baltimore Ravens sits back while enjoying the comforts of a cigar . AFP/Getty Images/ Stuart Janson . ..
(4) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (C), NFL owners Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers (L) and Robert Kraft of the Patriots leave court ordered mediation at the U.S. Courthouse on April 15, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mediation was ordered after a hearing on an antitrust lawsuit filed by NFL players against the NFL owners when labor talks between the two broke down last month. Getty Images North America / Hannah Foslien ……
(5) Philip Rivers (17) of the San Diego Chargers and Drew Brees (9) of the New Orleans Saints shake hands after the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Getty Images North America /Kent Nishimura ….
(6) Cam Newton (1) of the Carolina Panthers passes against the AFC team during the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC would go on to defeat the NFC 59-41 in a high scoring and somewhat less than riveting game . Kent Nishimura / Getty Images North America ……
(7) Maurice Jones-Drew (32) of the Jacksonville Jaguars is stopped by the NFC defense during the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images North America) …..
NFL Pro Bowl ……… result AFC ….. 59- 41 ……. NFC
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